Benefits of Going Green With a Vintage Twist

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Did you know that house plants can lower your stress levels? They can also help you be healthier and heal faster. Other green benefits, as mentioned in this HGTV article, include: make our air fresher by removing pollutants, bump up our creativity and concentration, add oxygen and there’s evidence that plant owners are more caring and empathetic. Domain magazine mentions, “Plants help to increase our levels of positivity and make us feel more secure and relaxed. They can also help with loneliness and depression. Caring for a living thing gives us a purpose and is rewarding…”

Yes, please, to all of the above! I like to amp up the happy factor that plants bring into our home with either a classic terracotta pot for texture and simplicity, or, more often, a colorful vintage planter.  Succulents really pop against a cheery yellow McCoy planter! Over the last year, when I’m on the vintage hunt, I’m often drawn to planters…particularly, quirky animals or retro heads. Double the fun and dose of positivity in my opinion!

Posy has a whole stash of creative, colorful or classic planters now in the shop!

In case you need a little guidance when planting succulents, which seems to be the trend that just won’t quit, I found this article by Southern Living Magazine to be helpful. My local nursery walked me through the basics and my succulents have been rocking it! I started with a layer of charcoal and then filled the container with soil meant specifically for succulents (took away the need to mix in sand) and then I only water when the soil’s dry.

Now for the fun part! Pick out your plant and a fun planter and you’re on the way to healthier and happier days!

Here are some planter options in Posy’s shop…ranging from quirky ducks to classic McCoys:

New Year, New Finds

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One of my goals for Posy this year, is to have a very full inventory on Etsy, as well as a good stash ready for market.  So, even though it’s only January, I’m mapping out my buying trips, mostly for this summer and beyond. Late winter/spring is a great time for nearby estate sales and auctions.  I enjoy occasionally thrifting, but as I’m still limited on time with a preschooler, I find it’s more effective to go where I can buy a lot at one time. Another Posy goal, is to hone my “elevator pitch” regarding my vintage aesthetic and focus my buying and shop to fit.

There are things I’m always drawn to…books, planters, brass, linens, kitchen and those one-of-a-kind conversation starters…and I want to use this website and my shop, in general, to give you ideas on how to incorporate these pieces in your own decor and home. Vintage does the soul good, in my opinion, and gives your space a layered, lived-in feel which makes everyone comfortable…those living in it or your friends and family visiting. I never know what I’ll find, but as long as it fits under my “vintage comfort” umbrella, I’m going to do my best to get it into my shop to share with you!

A few lovelies currently in Posy’s Etsy shop to help you get cozy, entertain your guests and bring a little green into your space!

 

Vintage Art

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One of my favorite things to collect, both for Posy and for myself, is vintage art. My wonderful customers agree, as I’ve sold every piece I’ve ever acquired for Posy! A goal this year has been to amass a collection of my favorite finds, rather than just a painting here or there, or one thermos or globe, instead of a whole heapful. It makes for a better display and, of course, gives a Posy customer more options.  I’ve gotten really lucky with some fantastic buying trips, particiularly to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Springfield Ohio, and have got a beautiful selection of art in stock!

Vintage Market Days of Asheville, Part 2

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In August, we headed back up the mountain to the second annual Vintage Market Days of Asheville.  This go round the promoters tripled the event size by adding an additional building as well as an outdoor midway section with more vendors, food trucks, and live music. Vendor friends from the first Asheville market came back with their A game, doubling and even tripling their booth size as well as bringing additional trailers/vans and employees.  I’m really relieved I stayed with the 10×10 spot, as this market was definitely not in line with the first VMD of Asheville.  Overall, the market was not successful for me, or many of my vendor neighbors.  The crowd just wasn’t there this time…or if they were there, they had a lot more options and space to spread their spending.  It took about an hour and a half before we even started to see customers filter into our building, as the entrance was moved to the new midway section.  I had a lot of time to chat with my neighbors and the consensus is that VMD has so many franchises now (there’s about 7 just in SC and NC alone) that no one market is seeing the kind of numbers we first saw at the March market.  More specific to Posy, I’ve learned that the majority of VMD shoppers are not my target audience.  They’re looking for rusty metal, chippy paint, apple picking ladders, lace, signs, signs and signs…and not vintage signs. Reproduction seems to be a big hit and singular wooden words (think “gather”).

My participation in the Vintage Market Days’ franchise are done, but I look back on these three events thankful for the lessons and focus they’ve given me.  I’m really pleased with my booth setup and can, finally, step away from working on that aspect and focus primarily on filling it with great vintage! I’ve confirmed my shop’s focus and vision of smaller purposeful and personable home goods geared toward my target audience.  Moving ahead, I will work primarily on filling Posy’s Etsy shop to the brim, finding creative ways to cross-promote locally and participate in vintage markets that sell more eclectic, colorful and on trend vintage.

One of the best parts of owning a small business is that you can be flexible and continue to grow and change as each experience focuses your path.  Looking forward to all that’s ahead!

Shots from Vintage Market Days of Asheville:

Same space, very different look! Assembled all three shelves to create a nice wall and had fun adding pops of color with my red thermoses, toolbox and picnic ball.

Never too early to bring out the Christmas, and I’m so glad I did as a few customers scooped up some shiny, festive finds!

Enjoyed walking around the new outdoor section to explore the vintage there!

Vintage Market Days of Charlotte

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In June, Posy hit the road again, this time headed for the sweet town of Mooresville, NC and Vintage Market Days of Charlotte.  I came much better prepared…vertical shelving, wide open space in the middle of my booth and tons o’ inventory! In fact, I wasn’t quite sure it’d all fit into the cargo van.

Painted these old boards white to use as shelving and got a couple extra wooden crates for support and additional storage.  A great spot to show off all my favorite planters and smaller tchotchkes.

Quickly sold this foxy apple figurine to a fellow who works at a tattoo parlor and the paint-by-number was scooped up fast!

The horizontal shelves also gave me a great way to safely display this window, which was purchased by a diy-er looking to hang this on her wall.

The children’s formica table and chairs went to a lovely woman for her children to use as an art table, and as thanks for the big purchase, I threw in a sweet 1950’s children’s book!

Vertical shelving to the rescue! These Sterlite, matte gray, beauties came from Walmart and are a cinch to assemble.  Really loved being able to get my inventory at eye level and take full of advantage of my vertical space!

There was one hiccup with Vintage Market Days of Charlotte, in my mind, and it was that the event was adjoined to a permanent antique mall. This created a lot of confusion for shoppers as they’d park at the mall and either think it was the event, only to have to move their car to the other side of the space, or they didn’t realize there was a vintage market event and couldn’t enter through the shared door from the mall into the event space.  If they had done some sort of cross-promotional tie, I think it would’ve really benefited everyone.  I lucked out by having easy access to the mall (and their bathroom) and enjoyed seeing some of their vendors’ displays. How great are these vintage portraits?!

The upside to the event’s location is that it was a short walk to the delicious Barcelona Burger and Beer Garden. We went there twice for dinner…man, their house sauce and those fries…and dessert. I grabbed a few sweet treats on my way home, post-event, for my family!

Overall, this event wasn’t nearly as busy or profitable as the Asheville market, but I’d learned from vendor neighbors that this crowd was more the norm and the Asheville market was an anomaly.  There were some definite positives…meeting new vendors, having my improved space work much better (no more traffic jams or awkward bending for shoppers) and getting to hang with my best friend, Kristen, who came up from South Carolina to help!

Up next, back to Asheville for the August Vintage Market Days!

Vintage Market Days of Asheville, Part 1

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At the beginning of the year, I decided that Posy needed to narrow down where we’re selling so that we’d have a fuller inventory in those venues.  Long story short, I felt that rather than trying to do as many small markets as I could, I’d focus on acquiring more vintage and doing bigger markets, like Vintage Market Days. Pop-ups are much more frequent, which is great if you’re a shopper, but not so much if you’re a seller. Many vendor friends were feeling the same drop in sales and were taking to broadening their market scope to regional spots.  My plan worked well…at first!

In March, we headed up to Asheville for their first Vintage Market Days at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC. It was beyond intimidating and I was definitely unprepared for the amount of folks in attendance and the amount of sales I’d make. I was so panicked I wouldn’t have enough inventory to get me through the rest of the weekend, after day 1, that I scooted out of there fast and hit the thrift shops in hopes of finding more good vintage to sell. I came up with just a few milk glass vases, which ironically, were the first things sold the very next morning.  I made some new friends, particularly the amazing Connie Caldwell of Brevard’s Burlap and Lace. And left feeling confident in my picking, as customers were equally excited about the vintage I had to offer.  I learned about what did and didn’t work in terms of my display…more vertical and needed better flow…and left feeling inspired to make my market spaces a truly fun and easy experience for the customer.

Vintage Market Days of Asheville:

So nice to have live music at the event!

So many interesting treasures to see in all of our fellow vendors’ booths!

Dad came along for the ride to help with the heavy lifting and moral support! 

Happy Posy customers showing off their pretty score! 

Quickly sold most of my furniture pieces, not leaving me a lot of display space.  Remedied this by the next VMD market with easy-to-assemble vertical shelving.

New friend Connie and her talented sister, tucked into Connie’s lovely booth Burlap and Lace.

Up next, summer market in Mooresville, NC for Vintage Market Days of Charlotte!